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4 stars Kinda heavy shoegaze psychedelic Krautrock album in early 70s keeps a great comprehensive impact for us Krautrock / Psychedelic Prog fans. Regardless to say, "Tips Zum Selbstmord" was born in 1972 as the debut album of a German psychedelic hard rock combo NECRONOMICON, that definitely involves heavy, desert-y, dry-fruity aroma in the similar vein to "Yeti" or "Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo". Some hollow, unnatural sound effects here and there make us laugh but possibly such artificial sound hoaxes would have come from their innocent playfulness, I imagine. And the most important thing was that this authentic creation was produced through their innocence and inquisitive mind. There is no so-called weirdness nor Berlin-School-oriented electronika but fine acidity and brain toxicity enough to intoxicate and paralyze us.

Their energetic play opens fully from the beginning of "Prolog" featuring fuzzy dizzy guitar sounds and rough tough drumming plus colourful subtle keyboard seasoning. No complicated rhythmic basis nor quirky melody line can be heard but their explosive power, intensive productivity and unwavering creativity completely swallow us. Crazy dissonance with no-good techniques is also essential, leaning towards "Flesh-Coloured Anti-Aircraft Alarm". On the contrary, the first noisy bullets of "Requiem der Natur" are good electronic prescriptions. Although the combination of keyboard plays and choirs is cheesy and fragile, the bluesy hard rock paragraph in the middle part sounds slightly improvisational, and deep heavy sound avalanches on the last run are quite hyper-psychic.

The third titled track rapidly takes us back to dynamic hard-rock-ish realism. Sounds like every Necronomiconer plays full of comfort and pleasure. It could be called sorta typical shoegaze rock. Not bad to hear that this song has no special progressiveness nor innovation despite the fact the title of this album is named after it. "Die Stadt" is another heavy madness. Mysterious (and poor) scat is quite unique, and battles of keyboards, guitars, and drums in the middle phase are simple and non-ingenious but aggressive and vivacious. Wonderful is their delicious, appealing play. Also fantastic is a rare acoustic ending. The epilogue "Requiem Vom Ende" holds ritual, spiritual feelings even in the traditional blues heavy rock background. Largely hear Rufus Zuphall-like matured vibes. So, it's understandable the incomplete stressful reverberations are bizarre

Anyway, it was very surprising to bump into such a legendary Krautrock album like this on Bandcamp Page. Nicey.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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